SENATE BILL No. 76
By Committee on Elections and Local Government
AN ACT concerning members of the legislature; enacting the Kansas
legislator's code of ethics.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) After taking the oath or affirmation required by K.S.A.
54-106, and amendments thereto, each member of the legislature shall
be given the opportunity to sign a copy of the state legislative code of
ethics provided in subsection (b).
(b) I proudly sign this pledge to adhere to this code of ethics:
(1) Responsibility is the cornerstone of public service.
(A) To the voters:
(i) I shall conduct truthful campaigns, honesty first and foremost.
(ii) I shall have an open door policy; I shall listen to my constituents.
(B) To the future:
(i) No quick fixes, I shall not sacrifice our future for political expe-
(ii) I shall govern for the people not reelection.
(C) To one's colleagues:
(i) I shall not engage in negative campaigning.
(ii) I shall not misrepresent the positions of my opponent.
(2) Honor is the anchor which grounds us in our duty.
(A) In discharge of my duties:
(i) I shall not bargain with a vote.
(ii) I shall respect opposing opinions.
(B) In my nonpolitical life:
(i) I shall be supportive, emotionally and financially to my family.
(ii) I shall be involved in a positive way in my community and my
(C) In campaigning:
(i) I shall keep the public fully informed.
(ii) I shall accept the will of the voters.
(3) Integrity is the foundation upon which public trust is built.
(i) I shall maintain voting integrity. My vote cannot be bought.
(ii) I shall have campaign integrity. I shall not bend election rules.
(i) I know that my votes are of value to my constituents.
(ii) I shall not use my position for personal or professional gain.
(i) My word is good.
(ii) I shall hold myself to a higher standard of conduct.
(c) A copy of the code of ethics signed by each senator shall be filed
with the secretary of the senate and in the office of the secretary of state.
A copy of the code of ethics signed by each member of the house of
representatives shall be filed with the chief clerk of the house of repre-
sentatives and in the office of the secretary of state.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.